UFC Vegas 50: Matchups To Make

    ByElliott Nash

    Mar 13, 2022

    Magomed Ankalaev – Winner

    In a less than eventful main event, it was the Russian Magomed Ankalaev who came out on top against Thiago Santos thanks to some smart striking and appropriately timed takedowns. Not exactly the coming-out party the UFC expected but it’s still a win nonetheless. We may see the Dagestani eventually come up against the likes of Dominick Reyes, Jamahal Hill or even the loser of the contender bout between Aleksander Rakic and Jan Blachowicz.

    Song Yadong – Winner

    This was a performance that has become far too typical of the Chinese striker, as he put on a seriously fun performance against Marlon Moraes. Poor Moraes looked baffled as Yadong’s combinations looked calculated, powerful and delivered at lightning speed. With the fight finishing in the first round, it exaggerated just how much potential this fighter has. The young 24-year-old has proved once again that he’s worthy to be sitting around the top level and his call out of Dominick Cruz during the post-fight interview is nothing short of exciting.

    Drew Dober – Winner

    It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Nebraska 33-year-old as he had to overcome not one but two heavy blows from Terrance McKinney in the first round. Fortunately for Dober, he managed to weather the storm and scored a messy TKO over his opponent thanks to some rapid reactions and decent ground and pound. When delivering his post-fight interview, Dober gave full credit to McKinney for taking the bout on short notice and for delivering a fun performance. Whilst doing so, he also called out the fan favourite Bobby Green for his next fight which will certainly be fun – not sure about it being a 5 rounder though, Paul Felder.

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    Alex Pereira – Winner

    The Brazilian kickboxer passed his next test in his Mixed Martial Arts career as he fought his way to a decision win over Bruno Silva in an incredibly gritty performance. Given just how good Silva is, the additions Pereira has made to his game is something to be admired, thanks to training partner and cornerman Glover Teixeira. Although he has his eyes firmly fixed on the champ, he’ll have to deliver a few more star performances until he gets there. His next goal may be looking at breaking into the top 15 so fighting middleweights such as Brendan Allen, Chris Weidman or Chris Curtis could be on the cards soon. But, giving his star appeal we could see him getting a bit more help in his UFC career over others.

    Thiago Santos – Loser

    It has another slow performance from Thiago Santos who, win or lose, is definitely looking a lot slower from his heydays. Cautious to land his signature shot, he had another gun-shy performance (despite the one knockdown in the earlier stages of the fight.) The 38-year-old will now explore his other options but as far as a title fight is concerned, he’s a little way off.

    Marlon Moraes – Loser

    It has been a tough few years for the ‘Magic’ Marlon Moraes, as he suffered his fourth defeat in a row this weekend against Son Yadong. Inside of those four losses, all 4 of those have been finishes, which you could imagine is hard for the Brazilian fighter. It has been pictured that he left his gloves in the octagon which usually symbolises the retirement of a fighter but, as we’ve seen before, this isn’t always the case.

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    Terrance McKinney – Loser

    While starting strong, McKinney presented his newly trademarked style, coming out the gates with style, looking to knock his foe out as early as possible. However, unlike his previous opponents, Dober showed both intelligence and toughness as he wiggled his way away from a referee interference before he captured the win late in the first round. Not losing any stock, McKinney showed glimpses of his potential star power and should not be too disheartened with losing this fight – especially on short notice. His next fight may be difficult to call due to his few UFC appearances, so fighting the loser of Marc Diakiese vs Viacheslav Borshchev makes sense.

    Bruno Silva – Loser

    Silva came out second best in his scrap with the former kickboxing champion Alex Pereira as both fighters gave it their all inside of the 3 5 minute rounds. Although Silva showed glimpses of being able to hang in a stand-up fight against his Brazilian foe, the striking accuracy was all too much for Silva as Pereira pummeled Silva in the latter stages of their fight. Although a loss is a loss to these fighters, there are plenty of positives to take from this fight from Silva’s perspective. Future matchups could consist of the likes of Phil Hawes, Kyle Daukaus or Jacob Malkoun.

    ALSO… A particular shoutout to Khalil Roundtree Jr, who massacred Karl Roberson with a number of big blows including one soccer kick to the body which resembled a one-sided street brawl – not to take anything away from Roundtree’s technical ability. The post-fight interview revealed that Khalil has several plans in the works, including a potential book regarding his journey from his tough childhood to finally making it in the UFC.

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    Magomed Ankalaev def. Thiago Santos via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) Song Yadong def. Marlon Moraes via KO (punches) at 2:06 of Round 1
    Sodiq Yusuff def. Alex Caceres via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
    Khalil Rountree def. Karl Roberson via TKO (strikes) at 0:25 of Round 2
    Drew Dober def. Terrance McKinney via TKO (strikes) at 3:17 of Round 1
    Alex Pereira def. Bruno Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Matthew Semelsberger def. A.J. Fletcher via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) JJ Aldrich def. Gillian Robertson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
    Javid Basharat def. Trevin Jones via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
    Damon Jackson def. Kamuela Kirk via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:42 of Round 2 Miranda Maverick def. Sabina Mazo via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of Round 2 Cody Brundage def. Dalcha Lungi Ambala via submission (guillotine) at 3:41 of Round 1 Guido Cannetti def. Kris Moutinho via TKO (punches) at 2:07 of Round 1
    Azamat Mukanov def. Tafon Nchukwi via TKO (flying knee) at 0:44 of Round 3
    UFC Vegas 50 was one of those rare fight nights which looked as if every fight was a banger. While the event lived up to its expectations, there was plenty more to talk about. From crazy comebacks to first-round knockouts, we discuss the winners and losers of this weekend’s event.